The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act ensures injured workers have access to lost wage benefits to help them make ends meet while they undergo treatment and recover from their job site injuries. The lost wage benefits available to you if you cannot work at all following an on-the-job accident are a temporary total disability or permanent total disability benefits.
In Pennsylvania, the workman’s comp laws ensure almost all workers in the state have workers’ compensation insurance coverage. The law requires employers to provide this coverage for both part-time and full-time employees from the first day they report to work.
Understanding Total Disability Lost Wage Benefits
When you get hurt at work and cannot complete your job duties or your doctor does not clear you to return to work, you are likely eligible for total disability benefits. Depending on how long you will be away from work, these benefits may be temporary or permanent. Most people qualify for temporary total disability benefits for a limited time while they undergo treatment and recover, then they can return to work.
Total disability benefits are available if you cannot work, although the workers’ compensation insurance company will likely try to negotiate a settlement in your case. If you suffer a serious impairment that keeps you from working for a year or more, you may also qualify for Social Security Disability.
You Can Get Total Disability Workers’ Compensation Benefits After Seven Days
You can start to draw total disability benefits after you miss seven days at work because of an on-the-job injury or illness. Your benefits begin on day eight. If you miss more than 14 days at work, you will receive payment for the first seven days you missed.
You can receive temporary total disability benefits until you improve enough to return to work or until you reach two years. After two years, they will likely ask you to undergo a medical exam to see if you still qualify for total disability.
If at any time during your recovery you improve enough that you can return to work on “light duty,” you may be able to go back to work and receive partial disability.
You May Be Able to Receive Two-Thirds of Your Usual Wages
In general, most people receive about two-thirds of their regular wages as their workers’ compensation total disability payments. The PA Workers’ Compensation Act outlines maximum and minimum payments after a work-related injury, though. This means some people who earn lower pay could receive up to 90 percent of their normal wages from the workers’ compensation insurance company.
According to the PA Department of Labor & Industry, workers hurt on the job on or after January 1, 2019, can draw a maximum of $1,049 per week in total disability from workers’ compensation. Our team can help you calculate the benefits due to you and ensure you are getting the full benefits provided by your employer’s policy.
Berger and Green Can Help You Fight for the Total Disability Benefits You Deserve
The Pittsburgh-area workers’ compensation attorneys from Berger and Green know how these benefits work under Pennsylvania law. We can help you understand your rights and fight for the medical care coverage, lost wages, specific loss, and other benefits you deserve after a workplace injury. We will review your case for free.
If your employer or the workers’ compensation insurance company blocks your claim or denies you the benefits you deserve, we can appeal the denial or take your case in front of a judge. We know how to navigate these cases and advocate for the best interests of our clients. Let us evaluate your case and help you get the full benefits you deserve based on the facts of your case.
Discuss Your Workers’ Compensation Case with a Pittsburgh Lawyer Today
At Berger and Green, our workers’ compensation attorneys have decades of combined experience fighting for the compensation our clients need and deserve. We know how to build a strong argument for a payout, whether we are pursuing a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury lawsuit.
Our attorneys can calculate your total disability benefits and fight for it from the workers’ compensation insurer. We are not afraid to go up against your employer or any insurance company if that is what it takes to get you the lost wages and other benefits you deserve.
Call 412-661-1400 today to discuss your on-the-job accident and injuries with a member of our team. We can help you fight for total disability benefits.